And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
by: Gabriela Alonzo.
Notice that the growing number of the congregation is mentioned last in this passage. How often is that the first thing we mention instead? We must focus on being united as a church before we can even think about numbers. We must focus on our calling as a church. The early church had everything in common including their meals, prayers, sharing with the needy, and devotion to the Word—just to name a few. They lived as if they were one big family—which they actually were in Christ. We call each other brothers and sisters in Christ; let us live that out with gladness and sincerity.